The subject for this photograph 'sport' is something I would normally not touch with a barge-pole but it is always good to see if you can make interesting images from things that naturally do not appeal to you. Last week myself and my colleague Alan Duncan were taking photographs of different sporting activities that represent Loughborough University for a cultural exchange exhibition at Joshibi University, Japan. We took photographs at Sport’s Science and Technology but we also had access to the Universities archive and we found a Great Britain athletics blazer from the 1964 Olympics. This was the only items we photographed that engaged me, the rest of the objects and activities we photographed were good material for the project but this blazer seemed to be imbued with something deeper. I am not sure why I was drawn this object, perhaps it was because the object represented a different time, a more innocent age, an age when the gifted amateur could excel in sport without the taint of big money, to do something just for the fun of it. It might be the sense of absence, the same absence of find in my landscape photography, trying to capture a trace rather than the actual presence of humanity.
Yesterday I returned to a location by the River Trent where I have done a series of photographs over the past 4 years that developed into a body of work called 'The Trespasser'. In the past the River Trent was referred to as the trespasser due to it's proneness to flooding the adjacent lands. When I first visited the location in December 2013 I came across a line of three trees along the riverbank, two of the trees had been badly damaged from a recent winter storm but all were standing. The first photograph below [photograph 2] is of the left tree. After this initial visit my intent was to return to the location and take a photograph of the line of trees with my 8x10 camera but in the meantime before my returned there were two further winter storms. Buring that winter the Atlantic Conveyor Belt brought a series storms to the UK in quick succession and the country suffered some of it's worst flooding in recent times. On my return the left tree had been completing blown down leaving just two trees [photograph 3]. Over the following year the farmer cut up the fallen tree leaving only a skeletal rump [photograph 4]. Three years later the right-hand tree has now been blown over whilst the left-hand tree felled four years ago is now spouting new branches from the old tree trunk [photograph 1]. My intention to return to photograph the central remaining tree with my 8x10 camera but I wonder if the remaining tree will be still standing by the time I return.